People usually have loads of ‘wake up’ calls that they choose to ignore. As drinkers, we’re well practiced at laughing things off as ‘just one of those crazy things that happen when you’re drunk’.
But they add up. And get worse. Until you can’t really sweep them under carpet anymore. They might be small such as when I fell over a deck chair and banged my head… (I had a particularly severe hangover the next day but thought nothing of it, then had to get my partner to drive me to the hospital at 10pm because my headache was so intense I was sick and thought I had bleeding on the brain. Four hours later as we sat, still waiting on our glorious NHS’s plastic chairs, I thought ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this to you. I can’t believe I’m a mum, having to leave the kids with grandparents to go take care of a drinking injury. Surely this shit shouldn’t still be happening?’ And that was a minor thing. There’s been a whole load of other ‘things’.
If you keep on ignoring the minor things (i.e. the incidents that don’t involve police or hospitals) it’s not going to be long before something truly terrible comes and bites you. Drinking has some seriously fucked up consequences. Suicides. Car wrecks. Violence. Rape. All manner of horrible shit that doesn’t affect just you. Tragic family histories, careers ruined. A huge percentage of these stories are attributable to alcohol.
The universe will work in your favour if you wake up and listen.